Archived Webinar

01. EO4SD Climate Resilience Series: Setting the scene - The climate resilience challenge and how ESA is responding

"EO data enable global climate insight through providing timely and accurate data about the Earth’s atmosphere, landmasses, and oceans"

Satellite Earth Observation (EO) has a considerable potential to inform and facilitate climate-resilient development around the globe. The European Space Agency (ESA) Climate Change Initiative (CCI) aims to provide stable, long-term, satellite-based Essential Climate Variables data products for climate modelers and researchers. Such EO data enable and underpin global climate insight through providing timely and accurate data about the Earth’s atmosphere, landmasses, and oceans. This insight, combined with information about the society, can paint a  powerful picture of the climate risks and resilience-building opportunities, and help drive better decisions.

This webinar aims to summarise the European Space Agency's current and planned activities in the climate domain, introduce the nature and scope of the ESA EO4SD Climate Resilience Cluster, and provide an overview of the scientific and policy context to climate action.

Webinar learning outcomes

  • To gain an appreciation of how ESA is helping to improve understanding of climate change and how its products and services can help you build resilience
  • To become familiar with the state of the science on climate change  
  • To understand key ways in which policy and the financial system is underpinning resilience action
  • To gain an appreciation of some of the main climate risks and opportunities
  • To become familiar with the remit and activities of the EO4SD Climate Resilience Cluster

Prerequisites for the webinar

  • Basic knowledge of earth observation 
  • Basic knowledge of development projects lifecycle and international financing institutions investment projects
  • Basic knowledge of climate change

About the Presenters

Susanne Mecklenburg

Head, ESA Climate Office

Susanne has been working at ESA’s ESRIN Earth Observation Centre in Frascati, Italy, since 2007 as the SMOS Mission Manager. In 2011, Susanne also became the Mission Manager for Sentinel-3, as part of the Copernicus Programme. In 2019, Sussane has been appointed as the new Head of the ESA Climate Office. Before joining ESA, Susanne worked in the UK at the British National Space Centre and the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology. Susanne received a master’s degree in hydrology from the Technical University of Dresden, Germany and a PhD in atmospheric science from the Swiss Institute of Technology, Zurich, Switzerland, where she also lectured. [Source: ESA’s interview & CCI’s News]

Bernice van Bronkhorst

Global Director, Climate Change, World Bank

Ms. Van Bronkhorst, a Dutch national, joined the Bank in 2005 as an Urban Specialist in Latin America and the Caribbean Region. She has since held various positions, including as Sector/Practice Manager from 2012-2016 for the Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change Unit in the South Asia Region and, most recently, as Practice Manager for Urban Development and Disaster Risk Management for East and Southern Africa in the Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience GP. At present Global Director, Climate Change, she oversees the key strategic priorities and implementation of the Climate Change Action Plan, working closely with the Climate Change Management team and staff, other Global Practices, and internal and external clients. 

Anna Burzykowska

Technical Officer, ESA

Anna Burzykowska is a Technical Officer at the European Space Agency and a leader of the Earth Observation for Sustainable Development Clusters in the areas of Agriculture and Climate. She has joined ESA in 2008 and held positions at the ESA Washington Office as well as the World Bank Group and the ESA European Space Research Institute (ESRIN) where she led a number of projects in partnership with International Financing Institutions such as WBG, IFAD, and IADB (including in Urban Development, Disaster Risk Management, Water Resources Management, Forestry, Agriculture, Coastal Zones Management, and Climate Information Services). She is currently responsible at ESA for EO applications engineering in environmental management, ecosystems services and agriculture as well as blockchain innovation. Ms. Burzykowska has also held positions at the UNFCCC COP 14 Task Force as well as Space Research Center in Poland. She is a graduate of the Technical University of Graz (MEng),  the King's College London (MSc), University of Leiden (LLM) and Warsaw University (MA) [Source: EO4Society].

Lydia Messling

Communications Consultant, Acclimatise

Dr. Lydia Messling is a specialist in communicating climate science to different audiences and equipping others to do the same. She is experienced in designing and facilitating research and analysis on different narrative approaches, conducting training workshops, and developing community conversations. She has previously worked for organizations encouraging behaviour change, identifying how to best engage audiences with climate change and different actions, and measure and communicate their progress. As an environmental and social scientist, Lydia has a keen interest in interdisciplinary work and how applied science can provide social solutions. She holds a Ph.D. in Climate Justice and was a Leverhulme Scholar. She also has an MRes in Politics and International Relations from the University of Reading, and a BSc in Environmental Science from the University of East Anglia.

Ana Lisa Bucher

Senior Climate Change Specialist, World Bank

Dr. Ana Bucher is a senior climate change specialist with the Environment Department of the World Bank. Currently, she is working on adaptation to climate change and climate risk management. She provides support on understanding the impacts of climate change and adaptation measures particularly on agriculture and natural resource management (NRM), as well as on other cross-cutting sectors. She is responsible for the operation and development of the Climate Change Knowledge Portal, an online tool that provides information on climate and climate-related data for policymakers and development practitioners. Prior to joining the World Bank, she was a post-doctoral researcher at the Center for Environmental Studies of the Mediterranean in Spain working on EU projects related to carbon cycling and climate change on semi-arid lands. She has more than nine years of experience in research, development, and management of international programmatic activities and research projects related to climate change, agriculture, ecosystem assessment, and long-term environmental sustainability in Latin America, USA, and Europe. She holds a Ph.D. in Soil Science from the Pennsylvania State University and a B.Sc. in Biological Chemistry from the University of Cordoba, Argentina. 

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